Why should I shop locally rather than at a big national chain?

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A dollar spent at a locally owned store is usually spent 6 to 15 times before it leaves the community.

[/one_half] [one_half_last]From $1.00, you create $5.00 to $14.00 in value within¬† that community. Spend $1.00 at a national chain store, and 80% of it leaves town immediately. This info is from Tim Mitchell, first cited in E magazine, article available through the Northwest Earth Institute’s Choices for Sustainable Living course book. Thank you for supporting local businesses and contributing to a sustainable economy within our community![/one_half_last]

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